Andrew Murray in his book, How To Raise Your Children for Christ, refers to the nine months of pregnancy as a ‘holy time of mystery when mother and child are one’. Ecclesiastes 11:5 affirms that holy mystery, “You do not know how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything”. Nourishing a little life growing within us is the greatest privilege God gives to women. God is very clear in scripture about how much He values that special time in the womb.
One example is in Judges 13, Manoah was told he and his wife were going to have a son (Samson). He enquired of God as to how to order the child.
Judges 13:12-14 “And Manoah said, Now let your words come to pass. How shall we order the child and how shall we do unto him? And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah of all that I said unto the woman let her beware. She may not eat of anything that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that command her let her observe.”
Possibly Manoah was looking for instructions on how to care for the child or how to disciple him after he was born which is usually what concerns a parent-to-be. But God’s plan was to begin right then and the child was not even conceived yet. God wanted the child to be a Nazarite from the womb which meant he wanted Samson set apart for Him from the beginning. The only instructions given to Manoah concerned what went into the mother’s body when the mother was pregnant. How important it was to God that the mother nourish that life within her!
There are so many other references all through the Bible demonstrating God’s value of life from the very beginning in the womb:
He takes great care to form us physically in the womb while He formulates a plan for every moment of our lives.
Psalm 139:13-16 (God’s prenatal care) You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
He is the one who not only forms us in the womb but the one who takes us out of the womb.
Psalm 71:6 By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.
He calls us by name from our mother’s womb.
Isaiah 49:1:”The Lord has called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.”
He teaches us wisdom in the womb.
Psalm 51:6 But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.
He forms and sets apart with a purpose while still in the womb.
Jeremiah 1:5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.”
He fills with His Spirit while in the womb.
The forerunner of Jesus, John the Baptist, was filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb according to Luke 1:15: “For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.”
As you can see, God works in the womb. An interesting fact is there are nine months of pregnancy and there are nine fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Could that be a coincidence? Regardless, a great way to spend those months while baby is being nourished physically from the mother’s body, is to meditate on a different fruit each month, nourishing the mother and baby spiritually.
God had a special plan for Samson from the womb just as He does for each person. We are all special to Him and He has a purpose for each of us from the very moment He places us in our mother’s womb!